Leafs break record, 5.2 million hearts

Montreal Gazzette great Terry “Aislin” Mosher Monday’s overnight, estimated audience for CBC’s coverage of the Leafs’ Game Seven heart breaker drew a staggering 5,155,000 viewers. That tops the 4.5M+ who tuned in for Sunday’s Leafs victory over Boston in Game Six and is likely the highest total ever for an opening round playoff tilt.CBC drew… Read on

Early Canadian team exits will dent Cup ratings

Talk about offside. CBC sweats through a long labour mess, finally gets a half-season of  Hockey Night in Canada revenues back come January, and four big Canadian market teams make the playoffs. Happy days are here again.A week or so into May and Canada’s hockey broadcasters are back on their knees recovering from the latest… Read on

TONIGHT: Gross, Pinsent guest on Doyle finale

The Three Acting Amigos: Pinsent, Gross and Hawco The Republic of Doyle has been under siege all year. Moved to Sundays by budget battered CBC, they’ve had to dodge or battle the Oscars, the Grammys, the Screenies and the Super Bowl, not to mention the Walking Dead. This Sunday, their season finale goes up against… Read on

The Brioux Report: soccer Canada’s No. 1 show

It’s happened. The most-watched TV show of the week in all of Canadais a soccer game (Sunday’s UEFA England/Italy tilt). Somewhere, Don Cherry weeps. Beyond TSN’s Euro 2012 coverage, the NHL Awards were still a decent draw on CBC. Summer doldrums have set in, however, and despite strong showings by domestic dramas The Listener, Saving… Read on

The Brioux Report: 4 Mil+ say “I do” to Big Bang

Howard and Bernadette are over the moon You had to know a wedding finale on The Big Bang Theory was going to draw a crowd. The CBS sitcom zoomed back up over the four million mark to lead all shows in Canada this week, as it does most weeks. There were several season and even… Read on

Was CBC “hamstrung” right from the very start?

Sliced and diced CBC: turning up the heat “What we do with television in the next few decades, and what television does with us, will be one of the four or five chief factors in the shaping of the Canadian mind and soul.” A quote from the Toronto Star’s current “Network” blog? A pronouncement from… Read on

The Brioux Report: Stanley Cup fever

The puck dropped on the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs and once again hockey dominated the Canadian TV Top-10. Vancouver’s poor start, however, has to be a concern for CBC, which will miss those west coast ratings should Canucks do the unthinkable and bow out early.  The Amazing Race and Survivor were one-two for the week despite… Read on

Ratings across Canada May 30-June 5

How did Dan for Mayor, Hiccups, Almost Heroes, hockey and Endgame do last week? All the prime time network numbers for the week of May 30 to June 5–including those 5.6 million viewers hockey scores on CBC–are posted over at Toronto.com. Check out the weekly Brioux Report here.